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Understanding Energy Ratings

Understanding energy ratings If you’ve ever shopped for a new air conditioner, furnace, or even a window unit, you’ve probably seen energy rating data listed somewhere on the product. Knowing what those numbers mean, and how to compare them, can save you a lot of money over the life of your equipment. Making sense of the numbers Ratings help you make smart choices   Energy ratings were established to provide a baseline for comparing heating and air conditioning equipment based on the energy it uses to keep you comfortable. In a sense, you can think of energy...
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Dry Air

The six problems caused by dry air, and how to combat them. As the cold weather moves in, humidity levels naturally drop. That’s because cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air. Ideal indoor humidity during winter should hover around 45 percent. But dry winter air can cause your humidity to drop substantially, to levels of 15 percent or less. With this humidity imbalance come a number of potential problems that can affect your health, your home and especially your comfort. Problem 1: Dry air and disease prevention The upper part of your respiratory system, including your throat and nose, is...
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Air Filters

Air filters are essential components of your heating and cooling system. They help improve the quality of your home’s air and keep your system performing at peak efficiency. The most common filters are standard disposable cartridges, but advanced filtration systems and air cleaners are also available.

When to change filters

Standard, one-inch disposable air filters should be changed every three months. However, if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, or if you have pets or dust buildup in your home, you might want to change your...
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The Importance of Humidity Control

shutterstock_110595680 When a home’s humidity is not controlled it can lead to health issues and discomfort. Low humidity homes can cause dry nose or itchy skin. Many viruses flourish in low humidity environments causing a health risk by increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu, or irritating already present chronic upper respiratory issues. Environments with high humidity can cause mildew, musty odors, clammy skin, and potential home damage. Aprilaire Humidity Control Aprilaire Humidity Control can protect your family and your home from the effects of high or low humidity.  With automated humidity control keeping...
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Replacing an Old HVAC System


Commercial HVAC System

Whether you have owned your business for years or made a recent purchase, it is time to take a look at the HVAC system. Over time, the systems have evolved to become more energy efficient and easier to use. This can be as easy as replacing the thermostats or installing a whole new system. Either way, an update of any kind can improve the quality of air in your building. Nebraska business owners can look to the HVAC professionals at A-1 United Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide the...
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